Undefeated Archbishop Curley enters at No. 19; two Top 10 showdowns on tap this week


Archbishop Curley football coach Brendon Ireton (pointing) talks to his team after Saturday’s victory over Gilman School. After winning two games last year, the Friars are 4-0 and 19th in this week’s VSN Football Top 20.

by Derek Toney

After a landmark victory, Archbishop Curley High is the newest team in VSN’s Football Top 20.

The No. 19 Friars debut after a 33-9 victory over Gilman School, believed to be the Northeast Baltimore City school’s first triumph over the Greyhounds in about 50 years. Curley joins Concordia Prep (14th) and No. 16 St. Mary’s as MIAA B squads in this week’s Top 20.

The A Conference dominates the Top 5 with Mount St. Joseph, Calvert Hall College, Archbishop Spalding and McDonogh School holding spots two through five. St. Frances, which claimed the past two MIAA A titles before opting to play an independent schedule and not be eligible for postseason play this season, is No. 1.

MIAA A play starts this week with second-ranked Mount St. Joseph visiting No. 3 Calvert Hall. St. Mary’s, the two-time reigning MIAA B champs, will take on Curley in a Friday evening match in the city.

No. 7 Milford Mill Academy and sixth-ranked Franklin, the premier rivalry in Baltimore County, will be renewed Friday. In another Top 20 match under the lights, 18th-ranked and undefeated South River visits No. 15 Arundel in Anne Arundel County. 

Here is the VSN Football Top 20 for week 3:

 

VSN FOOTBALL TOP 20 POLL – WEEK 3

1. ST. FRANCES ACADEMY (4-1)

Previous rank: #1

Last week: defeated Norland (FL), 49-0

This week: at St. Joseph Regional (NJ), Sept. 28

 

2. MOUNT ST. JOSEPH (3-1)

Previous rank: #2

Last week: defeated Kiski School (PA), 53-7

This week: at No. 3 Calvert Hall College, Sept. 27

 

 

3. CALVERT HALL COLLEGE (4-0)

Previous rank: #3

Last week: Did not play

This week: vs. No. 2 Mount St. Joseph, Sept. 27

 

4. ARCHBISHOP SPALDING (3-1)

Previous rank: #4

Last week: lost to Good Counsel, 21-7

This week: at Malvern Prep (PA), Sept. 27

 

5. MCDONOGH SCHOOL (4-0)

Previous rank: #5

Last week: defeated Bullis School, 30-21

This week: vs. Green Street Academy, Sept. 27

 

 

6. FRANKLIN (2-1) 

Previous rank: #6

Last week: defeated then-No. 16 Dundalk, 49-10

This week: at No. 7 Milford Mill Academy, Sept. 27

7. MILFORD MILL ACADEMY (3-0)

Previous rank: #7

Last week: defeated Eastern Tech, 27-14

This week: vs. No. 6 Franklin, Sept. 27

 

8. MERVO (3-0)

Previous rank: #8

Last week: defeated Lake Clifton, 38-12

This week: vs. City College, Sept. 27

 

9. DUNBAR (2-1)

Previous rank: #9

Last week: defeated Reginald Lewis, 36-6

This week: vs. Southwestern, Sept. 27

 

10. LOYOLA BLAKEFIELD (4-0)

Previous rank: #10

Last week: defeated No. 12 Howard, 40-28

This week: vs. Wyoming Seminary College Prep (PA), Sept. 28

11. GLENELG (2-1)

Previous rank: #14

Last week: lost to Urbana, 49-42

This week: at Westminster, Sept. 27

 

12. RIVER HILL (3-0)

Previous rank: #13

Last week: defeated Reservoir, 41-13

This week: at Marriotts Ridge, Sept. 27

 

13. HOWARD (1-2)

Previous rank: #12

Last week: lost to No. 10 Loyola Blakefield, 40-28

This week: vs. Sherwood, Sept. 27

 

14. CONCORDIA PREP (4-0)

Previous rank: #14

Last week: defeated Severn School, 26-10

This week: vs. John Carroll School, Sept. 27

 

15. ARUNDEL (2-1)

Previous rank: #15

Last week: defeated North County, 37-26

This week: vs. No. 18 South River, Sept. 27

16. ST. MARY’S (2-2)

Previous rank: #17

Last week: defeated Boys’ Latin School, 20-17

This week: at No. xx Archbishop Curley, Sept. 27

 

17. ELKTON (3-0)

Previous rank: #18

Last week: defeated Aberdeen, 45-14

This week: vs. Havre de Grace, Sept. 27

 

18. SOUTH RIVER (3-0)

Previous rank: #19

Last week: defeated Annapolis, 62-22

This week: at No. 15 Arundel, Sept. 27

 

19. ARCHBISHOP CURLEY (4-0)

Previous rank: Not ranked

Last week: defeated Gilman School, 33-9

This week: vs. No. 16 St. Mary’s, Sept. 27

 

20. NEW TOWN (2-1)

Previous rank: #20

Last week: defeated Hereford, 48-28

This week: vs. Lansdowne, Sept. 28